A dental implant is a placed into the bone where the tooth is missing, and acts like the root of the tooth. The bone grows up to and becomes a part of the implant so that they are rock-solid. Once the implant is solid it can be restored.
Single missing tooth: A dental implant placed in the spot of a single missing tooth is restored by screwing an abutment piece into the implant and then placing a crown over the abutment. This restoration is nice in that is does not involve adjacent teeth and can be easily flossed. It also helps to maintain the bone level in the area of where the missing tooth was. These can be done both for front teeth as well as back teeth and the goal is to make them look completely natural.
Multiple missing teeth in one area: to replace a number of missing teeth on one area, rather than do all single implants in a row, sometimes an implant supported bridge is done instead (see “bridge” information). This can cut down on the cost, as less implants need to be placed.
Replacing an entire arch of teeth: Implants can be used either to support a denture so that is snaps in solidly or is screwed in such that is cannot be removed without a special tool. In addition, it is possible to place a number of implants such that individual porcelain crowns and bridges can be placed over these. There are a number of options for replacing a full arch of missing teeth and it is important to spend time figuring out which option would best serve the individual patient in their situation.
Dr. Jacobs graduate from the University Of Washington School Of Dentistry in Seattle in 1995. She practiced in Seattle for 6 years and has now serviced the Fort Collins area for over 13 years.
Dr. Jung obtained her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. She is originally from Sioux City, Iowa and attended Creighton University for her undergraduate studies in Biology.
Jamie has been a member of our dental team since 2003. She studied dental hygiene and was involved in student leadership and community outreach.
Alicia joined our dental team in 2016.
Courtney joined our dental team in 2016. Graduating from Lake Forest College in 2010 with a degree in
Our team of 3 dental assistants Megan, Bree and Quinn, work chairside with Drs Jacobs, Szczerba and Nutakki.
To have empathy for all members of our dental family and do meticulous dentistry with integrity in a caring and passionate environment that is energetic and honest.